Winter events

Hands on Saturdayshands on saturdays

14th, 21st and 28th February
10.30 - 15.30 in the museum
Free drop in event for families

Join the Time Truck volunteers to find out more about the rocks, minerals and fossils in our collection.


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Cambridge Science Festival

Time Truck

Saturday 14th March
10.30-15.30 Free drop in family event

Travel in time with Time Truck! Investigate rocks and minerals, discover dinosaurs and explore earth science with hands on activities and demonstrations.

Lectures for adults

All the lectures start at 19.00 and are in the Department of Earth Sciences, Tilley Lecture Theatre, Downing Street, CB2 3EQ. Booking required please call 01223 766766

Rock thin sectionMonday 16th March. Shining light through rocks: magma down the microscope
Professor Marian Holness

What makes volcanoes erupt? What controls how explosive and dangerous those eruptions are? Professor Marion Holness investigates these questions and explores the physical properties of molten rock (or magma). She shoes how microscopes using polarised light allow geologists to determine the composition of the rock and help us understand the behaviour of volcanoes.

Tuesday 17th MarchBeach rocks. Giant tsunamis of the Mediterranean
Professor James Jackson

The ancient Mediterranean world experienced several catastrophic tsunamis, the most famous destroying Alexandria and the Nile delta in AD 365 and 1303. Using clues left on islands and beaches, Professor James Jackson investigates the possible causes and impacts of ancient tsunamis. This detective work could help us understand the implications of these events on the modern world.

Rock thin sectionWednesday 18th March. Light in rocks: in paintings
Dr Spike Bucklow

We usually think of rock as definitively solid and impenetrable to light. But light does penetrate rock. In fact, if it didn't, rocks would all look rather boring. Dr Spike Bucklow discusses the wide range of colours offered by rocks that were used by historic artists as ingredients in the creation of great paintings.

Earth Science Open DayLab open day

Saturday 21st March
10.30-15.00, free drop in family event ages 8+
Entry through the Museum

Come and explore our Lab located in the University of Cambridge Earth Sciences Department. Get hands on with unusual rocks and see Thin Section analysis in action. Learn about how light interacts with rocks and the geological world and see how it can affect the Sedgwick Museum’s famous collections. The more adventurous young students could try colouring in their own thin section to keep.

Find out what else is happening across the Univeristy of Cambridge Museums Cambridge Science Festival 2015

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00 


As part of the Museum's new exciting project arising from the recent award from Arts Council England Designation Development Fund, a project conservator, Rachel Howie, has been working on some of the Museum's most prized specimens with the aim of enhancing digital access to these special objects.

One of the most iconic of Cambrian age fossils from the famous Burgess Shale is a little (3.5 cm long) creature called Hallucigenia, which has been the subject of considerable controversy for several decades. Now, researchers, Martin Smith and Javier Ortega-Hernandez from the Department of Earth Sciences have reinvestigated this strange creature and its relationship to other animals.